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Rs 125 coin to mark Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: To memorialize the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the government is likely to come out with a coin of Rs. 125.

br-ambedkars-124th-birthday-5097871942615040-hpBorn on April 14, 1891, Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary has stirred up a political debate between the Congress and the BJP, with both parties trying to claim his legacy. While the opposition announced a year-long celebration, the government followed it up with its own schedule.

The celebratory coin will carry a picture of Ambedkar with 125th birth anniversary celebration etched on it and Rs 125 embossed on it prominently, according to sources. The government will also release a memorial stamp on Ambedkar. Sources say that discussions are going on between the finance ministry and the social justice ministry, headed by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, on the shape and value of the coin.

Also, the government might start demolishing the building at 26, Alipur Road in Delhi around October to pave the ground for the construction of an ‘Ambedkar memorial.’ The Constitution maker lived in the Alipur Road bungalow during his stay in the capital and also breathed his last there.

The unusual attention towards Ambedkar is a result of his second coming as a leader, with the parties trying to bring in the significant amount of Scheduled Caste votes by commemorating him. The Modi government planned out a list of details of events to celebrate the late leader, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a party panel to plan the year-long Ambedkar jayanti celebrations.

The competition between the BJP and the Congress became more obvious as Rahul Gandhi led the “national launch” of the Congress programme by visiting the Ambedkar statue in his birthplace Mhow and addressing a public rally later in the town.

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Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)